The shirts were wheeled into the Royals’ clubhouse on a mobile hanger before the Royals’ game Saturday against the Mariners.
There were dozens of shirts with the names of the Royals All-Stars. They were replicas of the uniforms that Kelvin Herrera, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and the Royals coaches wore at the Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego.
While there is some debate about whether the brown-and-mustard color scheme is pleasing to the eye (a lot of people hate them), Kuntz loves them.
He was with the Detroit Tigers in 1984 when they won the World Series by beating the Padres in five game.
“I think that was 1984 when we played the Padres in the World Series when they brought those out,” Kuntz said Saturday. “The brown and the gold, I can remember that. And then at their place with (Kurt) Bevacqua hitting that home run. It was like no fricking way.”
Yeah, even though that World Series was played 32 years ago, Kuntz still remembers that Bevacqua hit a three-run home run in Game 2 that helped San Diego win 5-3 at Jack Murphy Stadium.
However, the Tigers won the next three games and took the series. In Game 5, Kuntz came on as a pinch-hitter and delivered a sacrifice fly that scored Kirk Gibson and broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. The Tigers ended up winning 8-4.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that sacrifice fly was to the Padres’ second baseman Alan Wiggins.
“If the right man had been able to catch that pop fly,” Padres manager Dick Williams said after the game, “not even Jesse Owens scores on the play.”
Kuntz was credited with the game-winning RBI, which is no a defunct statistic.
“Gibby goes like 3 for 4 with like 16 RBIs and I get credit for one,” Kuntz said. “But Alan Wiggins was like Willie May and I got the right guy at third base in Kirk Gibson and he was flying home.”
So, yeah, the guy with 38 career RBIs in 207 career games over seven seasons, thinks these All-Star uniforms are beautiful.
“I like them,” Kuntz said.